How to Clean and Restore Natural Stone/Victorian Floor Tiles

Tips for Bringing Back Natural StoneTile’s Lustre

Old world natural stone and Victorian-era tiles have no shortage of character, but having been walked upon for generations, they can have built up layers of grime that ultimately strips some of the tile’s most unique and beautiful features. Luckily, there are some things you can do to clean and restore your tiles back to their original glory.

How to Deep Clean Your Natural Stone or Victorian Tiles

The older your tiles are, the more dirt and grime they will likely have collected, so you can expect to have to use some good old-fashioned elbow grease for the best result. The tools you are going to need for this task include:

  • Rubber gloves

  • Bucket

  • Sponge

  • Mop

  • Hard and soft brushes

  • Long-handled squeegee

  • Long-handled foam paint roller

  • Stone care products, like Fila PS87 and Fila Cleaner

Before you start, it is important to sweep the floor clean of debris and to test the stone care products on a small, out of the way area to make sure they provide the expected results on your tile. Your local European Heritage tile expert can help you find the best tile care products for your floor.

Dilute the solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions (usually 1:5, but it can be more concentrated if your tiles are very dirty) and apply the mixture liberally to your floor using a clean sponge. Use a hard brush to scrub very badly stained or dirty tiles and the grout lines. For less dirty tile, a softer brush can be used. Once you have the tiles scrubbed, leave the solution on them for 10 minutes so the soap can do its job. Periodically return to scrub any badly stained areas.

Wipe away the dirty water and rinse the floor using a clean mop and clean water. Replace the water if or when it gets too dirty. Use an old, but clean towel to dry the floor. After a deep clean, a resealing process would ensure the longevity of the newly cleaned floor tiles.

How to Apply Sealant

Wait a few days after cleaning your tile to ensure they are completely dry. Then, apply your choice of sealant to your floor in small patches at a time, using a long-handled foam paint roller until the entire floor is wet. Apply another coat in any areas that require it and let the floor set for 15 minutes so the sealant’s impregnator can be absorbed by the grout. We recommend HG Impregnator for the job.

After 15 minutes, remove any excess sealant from the tiles using a long-handled squeegee and clean cloth. Double check that the floor has a uniform finish and then keep off the tile until it is dry, which usually takes one to two hours, depending on the product and the weather. It takes about three days before the sealant is cured, so be careful until that time. This means no moving around the furniture, don’t cover the floor with rugs, and clean up spills immediately.

How to Maintain Your Clean Natural Stone / Victorian Tiles

Now that your tiles are clean and restored to their former beauty, you want to keep them that way. To do this, you should sweep the floors regularly and mop up spills the moment they happen. Wash the floor at regular intervals, using clean water and a bit of Fila Cleaner. Perform the grout test once a year to make sure the grout is still sealed. If the water gets absorbed, apply another fresh coat of sealant as instructed previously.

Shop at European Heritage for All Your Tile Cleaning and Maintenance Products

European Heritage has everything you need to bring your old natural stone or Victorian-era tiles back to life. We carry a complete line of FILA surface care products, so no matter what you need, we have it in stock.

Our experienced tile experts can even provide you with helpful advice and additional tips and tricks that will help make your experience of owning a natural stone floor all the easier and more enjoyable. Stop in one of our stores to see what we have to offer and let one of our tile experts help you find the right products for restoring your tile floor.

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